Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Book / chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/14/2013
Publication Date: 9/16/2013
Citation: Barclay, H.J., Enkelin, W., Manoukis, N., Reyes-Flores, J. 2013. Guidelines for the use of mathematics in operational area-wide integrated pest management programs using the sterile insect technique with a special focus on Tephritid Fruit Flies. Vienna:IAEA Publications. 102 p. Interpretive Summary: Mathematical procedures are an important component of efficient pest control programs, especially those employing sterile insect technique (SIT). In this book we describe the basics of the most important mathematical operations that will frequently be employed by area-wide program managers in a way that is accessible to most readers.
Technical Abstract: Pest control managers can benefit from using mathematical approaches, particularly models, when implementing area-wide pest control programs that include sterile insect technique (SIT), especially when these are used to calculate required rates of sterile releases to result in suppression or eradication of pest populations. The benefit and the difficulty of a mathematical approach is evident when one considers the large number of models that have been proposed and analyzed in order to deal with complicating factors that affect the outcome of control programs. In this technical manual we attempt to assist pest control managers in the use of mathematics in area-wide SIT programs.